Things to see and do in Flagstaff
One of the most fascinating things about Arizona is the difference in temperature and geography here.
Most people think of cactus and hot desert sand when they think of Arizona. However, Flagstaff is full of Ponderosa pines. Flagstaff borders the largest contiguous Ponderosa Pine forest in the continental United States.
Flagstaff is a college town in northern Arizona with a population of just over 125,000 residents. It is home to Humphrey's Peak, at 12,000 feet it is Arizona's highest elevation point.
Full of surprises Flag, as it is affectionately called by locals, offers beautiful mountain peaks, fall colors, and hiking trails. In the winter visitors love sledding, skiing and snowboarding.
Because of Flagstaff's central northern location it is often used as a base for visiting the Grand Canyon and other nearby attractions.
Things to Do in Flagstaff
- San Francisco Peaks
- Lowell Observatory
- Lava River Cave
- Walnut Canyon
Flagstaff is very popular in the winter months. Arizona Snowbowl offers opportunities for skiing and snowboarding. Nearby there are several great sledding spots. The San Francisco Peaks and cooler temps are the main draw to this college town.
Flagstaff's cultural scene includes the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, which holds Concerts from September through April. In the summer months you can expect to enjoy several festivals, including the Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival.
Lowell Observatory is an active astronomical observatory, and is where Pluto was discovered. A drive up to the observatory has some great views of the city. There is a small museum area and depending at what time of day or season you are visiting there is always something to see in the night sky.
Lava River Cave is a cool place to explore in the summer months.
Another popular attraction in the summer is The Flagstaff Arboretum that features 200 acres with 2,500 species of drought-tolerant native plants.
If you are willing to drive a little ways out of Flagstaff you can see several cool geological and archaeological discoveries including:
Zoos & Wildlife Parks
Bearizona is a unique opportunity to view black bears and other animals up close in Arizona. Located just west of Flagstaff.
Grand Canyon Deer Farm where you can interact and feed Fallow deer and pet camels and llamas.